Amazon Prime’s line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed originals for kids and families continues to grow with the addition of “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter,” which is set to premiere on January 27 in the US and UK exclusively on prime video.
The series, which is already a hit in Japan, having won the International Emmy Award for “Best Kids Animation,” is based on the wildly-popular children’s fantasy book of the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (“Pippi Longstocking”), which has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide since its release in 1981.
The new series is narrated by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), directed by Gorō Miyazaki (“Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea”), and presented by the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle”) and Saltkråkan (the Astrid Lindgren Company).
The 26-part story focuses on 10-year-old Ronja (Teresa Gallagher) who was born on a stormy night in a mountain fort, surrounded by her father (Rufus Hound), mother (Morwenna Banks) and a loving band of robbers. She grows to be a strong girl who discovers that the forest is both a beautiful and frightening place inhabited by strange creatures. She soon befriends a boy named Birk (Kelly Adams), the son of her father’s rival, and so begins the drama of her friendship and family loyalties.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Studio Ghibli on their first television series, excited to have the talented Gillian Anderson narrate, and proud to bring Astrid Lindgren’s well-loved novel to life,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios, in a press release. “We look forward to sharing this incredible story of love, family and friendship with our customers.”
“Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed specifically for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.